Innovation, invention could develop Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka could emerge as a developed country in the region, if we
invest in new innovation and inventions by using new technology, Science
and Technology Minister Prof. Tissa Vitarana said at a media conference.
“Our education system is such that it always test the student’s
memory. The most important thing is to use that knowledge to be
creative, innovative and inventive, “ Minister Vitarana told a press
conference on Intel International Science and Science Fair which was
held in Navada, USA recently.
For the first time in Sr Lanka, an Ananda College student Chandula
Padmasiri won the third place at the competition for his new invention,
which is a microscope that can be fixed to mobile phones.
He said that countries that have been developed or achieved high
growth are the countries that have invested in new technology, new
innovations and inventions. Therefore, Sri Lanka should focus on this
areas where we have a lot of talented youth in rural areas., he said.
Prof. Vitarana also said that National Science Foundation (NSF),
Institute of Engineers of Sri Lanka and the Education Ministry are
working hard to promote new inventions, and innovations in school level
in the country. By using new technology, innovative methods and
inventions to increase productivity we could be more competitive in all
sectors especially agriculture in the international market, he said.
He said National Engineering Research and Development Institute
(NERD) has developed team, which includes scientists and non scientists
to support and find potential inventions and to identify and support
such talented people in the country. Chairperson NSF Sirimalee Fernando
said they have set up a special unit to provide financial assistance for
inventions and to do research and development to covert them into
commercially viable products.